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Ladas Memorial Award



The Ladas Memorial Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, distinguished practitioner and author. Funded by Ladas & Parry LLP, this yearly award is presented in Student and Professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.

The winning papers will be considered for possible publication in The Trademark Reporter (TMR), INTA’s legal journal. Publication will be subject to the TMR Committee’s editorial review and approval.  

Official Rules and Requirements

Student Category

The top two papers in this category will be selected as award recipients and the winners will each receive:

  • Cash award of U.S. $2,500.
  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Professional Category

The top paper in this category will be selected as the award recipient and the winner will receive:

  • A set of Stephen P. Ladas’s three-volume treatise Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights.
  • Complimentary registration to the 2020 Annual Meeting.

 Current winners

2019 Ladas Memorial Award Winners 
Professional Category Winner
Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School, Fame, Parody and Policing in Trademark Law 

Student Category Winners
Sara Gold, California Western Law, Honey Badger Don’t Care, but the Legal Community Does 

Doori Song, Notre Dame Law School, Blackhorse’s Last Stand?: The First Amendment Battle Against the Washington “Redskins” Trademark After Matal v. Tam

 Past winners

2018 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Professional Category Winner

Jessica M. Kiser, Gonzaga University School of Law, Brandright

Student Category Winners

Meaghan Fontein, Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, Digital Resurrections Necessite Federal Post-Mortem Publicity Rights

Michelle B. Smit,
Notre Dame Law School, (Un)Common Law Protection of Certification Marks 

2017 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Professional Category Winner

Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law, Are Trademarks Ever Fanciful?

Student Category Winners

Natalie Corthésy, Queen Mary University of London, Trade Marks, Country Names And Misappropriation of National Identity

Alexandra Martinez, 
UC Hastings, The Act of Registering a Trademark: Commercial Speech, Non-Commercial Speech, or a Combination of Both?

2016 Ladas Memorial Award Winners 

Professional Category Winner

Christopher McElwain, LaRiviere, Grubman PC, High Stakes: Marijuana and the USPTO’s “[Lawful] Use” Registration Criterion

Student Category Winners

Kristyn Webb, Loyola College of Law, Issue Preclusion Prohibits a “Second Bite of the Apple” But Offers Opponent a Third Bite Instead

Kenneth Matuszewski, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Casting out Confusion: How Exclusive Appellate Jurisdiction in the Federal Circuit Would Clarify Trademark Law

2015 Ladas Memorial Award Winners 

Student Category Winners

Nellie Amjadi, Santa Clara University School of Law: Are the First Amendment’s Protections Too Big for Its Breeches?

Jamey Minnihan, Gonzaga Law School: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: U.S. Treatment of Well-Known Foreign Trademarks and Its Global Market Implications

Professional Category Winner

Sandra Edelman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP: “Why Wait Three Years? Cancellation of Lanham Act”.